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Content Matters: A Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning

Content Matters: A Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning
Author: Stephanie M. McConachie - Anthony R. Petrosky
ISBN 13: 9780470434116
ISBN 10: 470434112
Edition: 1
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2009-12-02
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $27.95

Stephanie M. McConachie | Anthony R. Petrosky Editors

Foreword by Lauren B. Resnick

Content Matters

A Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning

Content Matters

This important book offers an authoritative guide for improving teaching, learning, and literacy in content area classrooms. Edited by two experts on the topic, Content Matters introduces teachers to the Disciplinary Literacy instructional framework developed by the famed Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. Grounded in the Principles of Learning that were developed by acclaimed educator Lauren B.Resnick, the framework is designed to prepare students in grades 6 and up to master the rigorous academic content learning required for college success.

Unlike most 'generic' teaching models, the framework is specifically tailored for each of the content disciplines. The content chapters offer cases of teachers and students in middle and high schools working together in English/language arts, history, mathematics, and science. The chapters tell the story of teaching and learning in the disciplines. Designed to be a highly practical resource, the book shows teachers how to integrate literacy development and thinking practices into their routine content instruction. Comprehensive in scope, the book also shows how school instructional leaders can support teachers in learning and using this instructional approach.

Praise for Content Matters

"Content Matters bridges the gap between idealized plans and practical actions for improving adolescent literacy. It is an excellent resource for growing teacher practice and improving teacher effectiveness."

—Jerri Lippert, chief academic officer, Pittsburgh Public Schools

"Finally, a book that draws on school-based experiences backed up by emerging research findings. If you believe that all students in your school district can develop the rigorous academic content required for college success, then reading this practical book provides a road map for actualizing that belief."

—Pat Forgione, former superintendent, Austin Independent School District